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Volvo to refine autonomous car fleet in China

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By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

April 7, 2016 | 2 min read

Swedish automaker Volvo has made the decision to test its automated cars in China, intent on refining its vehicles on the open road.

The company claims that China had the “necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead,” adding that it believes that the technology will one day make the roads safer.

The Volvo statement, that reminded readers it was the company that developed the first seat belt in 1959, pledged to ensure that “no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020”.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo, said: “Autonomous driving can make a significant contribution to road safety, the sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved.

“There are multiple benefits to AD cars, that is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help.”

The automaker also said it welcomes a more laissez faire attitude towards AI car testing in the US and Europe.

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